THE BRAIN TO WIRE by Alberto Lori
20 Jun, 2014
The brain lives as a recluse in a box. To find out what’s out there – inside and out are in any case wrong terms in a holistic system – the brain needs of the sense organs and then a model. Without a model, the brain can’t access to the outside world and could not even survive, if don’t like a vegetable. Any correlation with the outside world must be modulated and filtered by the model. The instructions specified by the model are its limit, but also its advantage. The model is a limitation, since it can never represent the whole reality, meaning it can only do us see a portion. Often, when we talk, it refers to a fraction of the whole, but then you end up exchanging one portion to the whole, so, to exchange own model for reality. However, if I recognize that my model relates only to a portion of reality and therefore I accept relativity, this allows me to put myself in a position to change. If the model, my operating system, on the other hand stiffens and raises its defenses, it becomes more difficult to change perspective. If the programs of my model give me the impression of being open and malleable, can I have problems but also solutions, but if my operating system is rigid, closed, it means that my reality is limited to my model without any external outlet. If I’m wrong, where is the problem? In the model. If I’m right? In the model. This means that in the model are provided both the disadvantages both the advantages. If I want to change my disadvantages into advantages, of course I have to change the model or include other perspectives. It seems natural to do so, but it is not because there are internal resistances. The model depends on direct and indirect information that we have. Our limitation is that any thought we express is always … expression of the model. If I use the template to change the model, where is the solution? Using the same model that has created the problem. So how is it possible to break the deadlock? I have to use other areas of the brain.
Why do ethologists study animal behavior? They study the laws that govern the reinforcement, the stimulus response to understand how work the human beings. Why do they study the behavior of a pigeon to understand me? To give an explanation for what I do and why I do it. We use so much prehistoric areas often enough to study a pigeon to understand what will people do when they use cognitive thinking. Stimulus/response/motivation are of relevance of the primary brain, that emotional. If I am in a state of constant fear, use that part of the brain responsible for the survival and I don’t evolve, more I protect myself less I grow. Do not use the higher cognitive activity.
Also stress blocks the cognitive activity. The part of the neocortex is all to wire, then that’s why we say that we use the brain in a minimum percentage. The change must be built. If we look at the brain as tripartite, we see that the reticular formation has control over everything that is on it. The central office is represented by the limbic system that needs to know everything that passes through the body and must accept it. On the second floor there is the neocortical brain, covered by areas. While the emotional brain of mammals is unique, the neocortex is divided into two hemispheres, left and right. There is another division that causes more conflict dynamics. The information is dribbled left/ right, top/bottom. The information is scanned by each party according to own point of view. Becomes problematic to put them together and this is the stage where we get into confusion.
The part of the brain that interests us is precisely the neocortex because the other is already wired, instead we can change this, I would almost say educate. The model we build it ourselves. Serves then a mechanism for acting on the model and, consequently, change the reality. All parts of the brain are separated, and each has a specific function. The frontal lobe is the most evolved. The neocortex has to do with the more sophisticated analysis of the information. When the information arrive in the area, however, are already filtered out, and only a small fraction of them will come to you: after all this is the reason why the model can never be the reality. What you actually get is affected both by the filters both by the model to which they belong. Sensory systems themselves are influenced by the pattern of the past: so, what you see is what you’ve already seen, experienced, what will you live, it will be what you’ve already experienced previously.
When you draw a question, in fact, this has already undergone a series of processes, including also the acceptance by your past. When you think about it, actually thought that was already confronted with your past. When an idea is born, if it is consistent, the filters do get to the higher cortex, otherwise if you do not even dream to get it. From this point of view, personal experience is a big energetic disadvantage: initially it has a positive feature, but then takes on a neurotic value. And this always happens.